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Red Wings' Howard believes knee injury not serious

Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 1:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Red Wings' Howard believes knee injury not serious

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said he believes a left knee injury sustained at practice Wednesday isn't serious and is hoping he'll be sidelined for just 1-2 weeks.

Howard is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday morning.

"I don't think I'm that concerned about it," Howard told MLive.com Thursday. "I don't think it's going to be anything over the top where I'm going to be out a long time."

The Red Wings recalled goalie Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to back up Jonas Gustavsson, who starts Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Although Howard's injury could affect his chances of earning a place on the United States Olympic team, he maintains it's not a priority.

"What can you do? It is what it is," Howard said. "You do treatment and try to get back as quick as possible."

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser said he's not far off in his recovery from a separated left shoulder, though he won't be ready to play Saturday, when he is eligible to come off long-term injured reserve.

"Starting to feel a lot better, shooting the puck well, starting to take some slap shots and just getting more comfortable with the shoulder," DeKeyser told MLive.com. "It'll still be a little bit, hopefully not too much longer. I don't have an exact time, just going to take it day by day."

Center Darren Helm skated for the first time since he sustained a shoulder injury Dec. 4 but there is no timetable when he can begin practicing.

"The first thing is to get out there a couple more times, start moving the puck a little bit, passing it around, get that under the belt and then figure out if I'm ready to join practice," Helm said.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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